Posts Tagged ‘LCARS’

I’m a geek, you’re a geek. We’re all geeks.
And some geeks are less sport-oriented than others.

Gear fit image courtesy of theinquirer.net

Gear fit image courtesy of theinquirer.net

but all geeks like them data.

So, Samsung’s fitness wearable device – the Gear Fit – can be attractive even for non-sport fans, particularly to geeks. Because, data.

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I’m a geek, you’re a geek, we’re all geeks.

And geeks like their SciFi.

And they like debates. Such as Star Wars VS Star Trek or Picard VS Kirk.

Those are all valid questions, but very pointless. Trekkers, Trekkies and non-Trek fans alike can agree on one thing, the computers in Star Trek are cool.  The computers in Star Trek The Next Generation (and forward) uses an interface labelled LCARS (for Library Computer Access/Retrieval System.LCARS was designed by Michael Okuda with strict instructions from Gene Roddenberry to keep it simple, uncluttered, and have little activity as to not steal the show from the televisual storytelling.

On a cellphone perspective, particularly the ones with modern super amoled screens such as Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and S4, having mainly black coloration is great as it is cleaner, and actually save power (as per amoled power consumption requirements for black and white pixels.)

Android LCARS lock screen

But, how does one make the phone look sleeky SciFi without rendering it a useless gadget? It is rather simple (and free) but need some tweaking. There is no point in removing cool Android features to mimic SciFi behaviour; the touchscreen devices of today are actually more complete than the show’s touch panels. Swiping is a concept unknown to Okuda but well-known to modern mobile devices. There’s also app icons, widgets, multiple screens and all. No need to remove them to have a clean, efficient look that actually saves on batteries (for super amoled) but carefully choosing what to display can be pleasing.

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